The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 in favor of authorizing use of military force in Syria last Wednesday. Those who voted “yes” to military action had received a lot more money than those who voted no, according to an analysis of campaign contribution data by Maplight.org.
Senators who voted “yes” had received on average 83 percent more contributions from defense contractors and other defense interests than those who voted no, according to the report.
The report was based on an analysis “of contributions from employees and PACs of defense contractors and other defense industry interests to current members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, from Jan. 1, 2007—Dec. 31, 2012.”
Sen. John McCain, who voted “yes” on the issue, has received $176,300 from the defense lobby, more than any other member of the committee.
Here’s how each senator on the committee voted, contrasted with how much they received in contributions from the defense lobby:
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